A Ph.D. studentship is available to investigate plant-fungal interactions in alpine ecosystems focusing on environmental drivers and the influence of plant host genetic variation on mycorrhizas across elevation and latitudinal gradients. Alpine plant and fungal communities are models for understanding pioneer communities, the primary components of resilient ecosystems. Climate change is one of the biggest threats to organismal and functional diversity and this project aims to understand its impacts on widespread symbiotic interactions.
A strong interest in fungal and/or plant molecular ecology and evolution is essential. A first class degree in biological sciences is required and a Masters degree in a relevant area is desirable. The student will be affiliated with the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London (www.imperial.ac.uk) and based at the Royal Botanic Gardens (www.kew.org). A stipend (at £16,000pa tax free), tuition fees and research funds are provided. The student can join the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and Environment Doctoral Training Programme. The starting date is in the Spring of 2016.
Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Martin Bidartondo ([email protected]
Applications should contain a full CV and the names and contact details of 2 academic referees and should be send to Dr Martin Bidartondo.
Only UK or EU applicants are eligible.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 15 February 2016.